The Australia Council is committed to ensuring greater access to the arts for all Australians. This includes removing barriers to our programs and services for people with disability and people who do not speak English as a first language.
The Council offers the following access. We encourage you to tell us about any other access requirements you have.
The Australia Council for the Arts is committed to ensuring our website complies with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines developed by W3C. This website aims to be fully compliant with all Level A and Level AA checkpoints of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. We welcome any feedback, especially where you feel we are not compliant or could provide better accessibility.
If you have any concerns or questions about the accessibility of our website please feel free to provide us with your feedback via
- email: email@example.com
- telephone: +61 (0)2 9215 9000 or Toll Free 1800 226 912.
You can view the Web Accessibility Initiative website for useful instructions on How to Change Text Size or Colours.
All Australia Council grants information including guidelines and application forms are available in accessible formats, upon request.
- word documents
- audio disk
- Easy English
- large print.
Please note that requests for translated materials will need to allow for a six week turnaround time.
We also accept sections of applications for all our programs in accessible formats. Formats include:
- handwritten formats.
Contact our grants team to discuss your specific requirements.
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- telephone: +61 (0)2 9215 9000 or Toll Free 1800 226 912.
The Australia Council is committed to ensuring all our events and client meetings are accessible.
This includes ensuring:
- venues are wheelchair accessible
- all promotional material includes an access ‘by-line’ and symbol, indicating that the event is wheelchair accessible
- the ‘by-line’ will also invite guests to notify us of any other access requirements they may have.
The Australia Council uses the National Relay Service to increase access to our programs and services for people who are Deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.
The National Relay Service is an Australia-wide telephone access service available to anyone who is Deaf or has a hearing or speech impairment.
Visit the National Relay Service website to find out more information and register to use the National Relay Service: www.relayservice.com.au
Voice Relay number: 1300 555 727
TTY number: 133 677
The Australia Council’s toll-free number is 1800 226 912.
The Australia Council offers an Auslan Interpreter Service for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. If you need to use this service when coming to an Australia Council event or meeting with our staff, please let us know and we will arrange an interpreter for you.
The Interpreter Service is available throughout Australia, including in regional areas.
To ensure an interpreter is available, we will need to receive your request at least two weeks before the event.
The Australia Council supports the use of Indigenous languages. If you would like to discuss your project or submit your application in your first language, please contact an Indigenous language centre.
See the Office for the Arts website for a list of language centres: https://www.arts.gov.au/documents/indigenous-languages-and-arts-program-language-centres
If you would like to speak with Australia Council staff in your first language, please telephone the Translating and Interpreting Service.
Phone number: 131 450 (local call anywhere in Australia). Ask to be connected with the Australia Council.
We also accept applications to our programs in languages other than English, including Auslan. See Languages other than English.
The Australia Council offers an audio description service at events, to assist those who are blind or vision impaired. If you are planning to attend an Australia Council public information session or event and would benefit from the audio description service.
The Council also provides audio description equipment and support to arts organisations for their own events. If you represent an arts organisation and would like assistance to make an event more accessible to people who are blind or vision impaired.
Email us to enquire about equipment and services: AudioDescription@australiacouncil.gov.au.
Easy English is designed for people who have difficulty reading and understanding English. Easy English combines text and images to convey information simply and directly.
The following Australia Council publications are available in Easy English.
- How to apply for money for your arts project
- How to apply for an arts Fellowship
- How to apply to our Arts and Disability grant
- Connecting Australians
- Ways to make the arts better: What you told us (Sector consultation findings)
- Creating Our Future: Results of the National Arts Participation Survey
- Leadership Program
- Making Art Work
- What we know about diversity in the arts (‘Towards Equity: A research overview of diversity in Australia’s arts and cultural sector’).
You can change the size of the text on our website to suit your preference using your browser setting. If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the View menu at the top of your screen, select Text size, then choose to view with larger or smaller type. For other browsers, consult the browser help for details.
You can also view the Web Accessibility Initiative website for useful instructions on How to Change Text Size or Colours.
The Australia Council now has a Phonic Ear Sound System which assists to amplify and clarify sound in public presentation contexts, for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. The system is fully portable, making it available for use anywhere in Australia.
If you are planning to attend an Australia Council public information session or event and would benefit from the use of the Phonic Ear system, please contact us directly to place a request.
- Audio description and tactile tours: information available via Vision Australia
- Large print: books available via Random House
- Braille: Braille information technologies information available via Vision Australia. Publications can be found through the National Braille Reserve Collectionat the National Library of Australia
- Auslan interpretation: interpreters around Australia are available through Auslan Services
- Hearing augmentation: information available through Deafness Forum of Australia
- Captioning services: information available via Media Access Australia
- Easy English: information available through Scope’s Accessible Information Service
- Web Accessibility and Usability: guidelines for preparing accessible website content available through the Digital Transformation Office.
- Jo Verrent. Leadership and Disability (57:07)
- 2014 International Day for People with Disability – Caroline Bowditch (57:50)
- Unlimited Discussion 2014 (59:44)
- Disability Action Plan (DAP) 2014-16. Audio version Chapters 1-10
- Three Questions with Tony Grybowski (03:12)
- Disability Action Plan. A montage of work (14:41)
- The Australia Council for the Arts Launch their Disability Action Plan 2014-2016. Tuesday 3 December 2013 (29:42)
- Disability Action Plan (DAP): Panel discussion Number 3 – Arts Practice (06:28)
- Disability Action Plan (DAP): Panel discussion Number 2 – Accessibility (24:34)
- Disability Action Plan (DAP): Panel discussion Number 1 – Leadership (12:03)
- Watch: 2015 Funding information Session (1:22:27).